As the restrictions that had been set for traveling ease, many of us are dreaming of booking our ferry tickets through NISEA to visit again our favorite island or finally get to explore new places again, because treasures in Greece are endless!
Shipping companies, therefore, have begun to increase and enrich their routes in order to transport us again, always safely, to our favorite destinations. You can always see the most up-to-date itineraries of the companies for your best convenience at NISEA.
In the Cyclades, traditionally the most popular island complex in the Aegean, the routes are by no means similar to those of previous years, but they keep increasing. In the Western Cyclades, Dionysios Solomos with 4 weekly departures from Piraeus during this period, will run daily to the islands as of Monday July 13. At the same time, Speedrunner III, which was the first highspeed vessel to begin its itineraries in the Aegean this year, has already started daily departures to Serifos-Sifnos-Milos and back. Due to the conditions, however, we will hardly see her running double itineraries for this year.
The Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos route for this year is already served daily by Blue Star Paros in the morning, while there are also the itineraries of Blue Star Patmos and Blue Star 2 in the afternoon to Syros. Blue Star Myconos (formerly Nissos Mykonos) will have modified itineraries this summer, so there won’t be any morning departures to Syros-Mykonos like the previous years. This year, calls to Mykonos will be three times a week from Piraeus (afternoon departures), which increase to 4 if we take into account Blue Star Chios’ (formerly Nissos Chios) itinerary to Mykonos on Saturdays, while Blue Star Myconos will call Syros at the return itinerary once every week, on Fridays.
As far as the central Cyclades are concerned, Blue Star Delos already runs its traditional daily morning itineraries to Paros-Naxos-Santorini (and Ios), while Blue Star Naxos has also started last year’s morning itineraries to Paros-Naxos-Small Cyclades-Amorgos (6:45 from Piraeus and night return from the islands), with Blue Star Patmos having taken over the afternoon itineraries to Paros-Naxos since last Thursday. It is worth noting, of course, that this year the ship will head to Ios and Santorini only 4 times a week (two of which to Anafi as well), as the remaining 3 she will continue to Ikaria and Samos after Naxos, thus covering the lack of daily itineraries from Blue Star Myconos.
In Rafina, the 4 traditional ferries (Superferry, Superferry II, Fast Ferries Andros and Theologos P) already operate daily routes to Andros-Tinos-Mykonos, while this year Superferry II, which runs an afternoon route to the islands, ends its itinerary at Paros. In this route, apart from the extra itineraries to Andros and some additional to Andros-Tinos-Mykonos (for which you can be informed through the application of NISEA), no increase in the number of ships or the frequency of itineraries is foreseen for the time being, which means that most likely there will be no highspeed ferries from Rafina this summer, but also that Aikaterini P won’t be operating for the season.
However, passenger traffic has begun increasing in the last few days, and some of SeaJets’ ferries have recently started itineraries. More specifically, last Friday, July 3, SeaJet and SuperJet started their circular itineraries alternately from Piraeus and Milos respectively, while on the same day World Champion Jet and Champion Jet 2 also started operations. WCJ has added Paros and Ios to its itinerary this year, which were served by Tera Jet last year, while Champion Jet 2 runs daily afternoon departures to Serifos-Sifnos-Milos with a morning return. Also, Sifnos Jet is expected to begin its itineraries from about July 20, depending on the passenger traffic, on her last year’s route to the Western Cyclades, replacing Champion Jet 2 and extending the route to Folegandros-Santorini-Ios.
Intra-Cycladic routes are still operated by Artemis and Andros Jet, while Macedon, Marmari Express and Ionis are operating on the Lavrio-Kea-Kythnos route with up to 7 daily departures to Kea and up to 4 to Kythnos. Prevelis and Olympus are also on their routes to Milos / Santorini, although Olympus’ itineraries will be slightly modified from July 13 in order to increase departures from Piraeus. Express Skopelitis is also running in the Small Cyclades, while it has already started its summer weekly itineraries from Amorgos to Ios-Koufonisi. It looks, though, that besides the highspeed ferries mentioned above, no others will operate for the time being, although in case of demand we might see some additions or modifications to the companies’ itineraries.
In conclusion, it is important to note that ships are still traveling with limited capacity, so it is best not to book tickets at the last minute. Already, on the most commercial routes on weekends the demand is big and the tickets are sold out fast, so you can always check the availability and book your tickets at any time on NISEA!